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Sounders pleased with point, wanted three

Post by Don Ruiz / The News Tribune on Oct. 17, 2012 at 11:11 pm with No Comments »
October 18, 2012 12:45 am

Here’s more from the Sounders after their scoreless draw with RSL tonight:

Coach Sigi Schmid
(On the game…)
“I was proud of our team considering the players that were missing and playing a man down. I thought our team showed a lot of character. We battled, we created some counter-attacking chances. We knew were going to give away some possession in the second half, but I thought our team held solid. Obviously, Gspurning made a few big saves at the end of the game, and when added time is added to added time it makes it more difficult.”

(On the defense…) “I thought they played well. Brad Evans, we needed him to play right back and he had to play center back. I thought he did a good job back there. I thought Michael Seamon came on and did well for his first appearance of the year and coming in and having to play right back. We asked Tiffert to play a little bit differently today because we had to change it so he had to play a little more on the left side from start to finish. I thought he did well. I thought everybody responded to the challenge of having to play a slightly different position. Obviously, I’m pleased with that.”

(On being aggressive offensively despite being a man down…) “Yeah, we were trying to go for the win. We were trying to counter and get our opportunities on goal and get behind. I thought Fredy did a good job of trying to stretch them. We brought David [Estrada] in at the end-a little more work rate, hoping he could do the same. We were maybe a little less successful at doing that towards the end of the game. We went at times, we told them to make sure they countered with the appropriate numbers. There were times that Ozzie would go, or Rose would go, or Tiffert would go and we still left ourselves secure with at least six guys back there.”

(On playing to a tie despite being a man down…) “It’s important for the playoffs. You have a game like this, and Lord help us if we get Salazar in the playoffs. You have to be able to come through a battle like this under these obstacles and to play to zero is an important thing. We feel confident in our ability to get goals and I think if we had played even we would have gotten some. I thought defensively we’ve been pretty solid the last three outings.”

(On the injury status of Steve Zakuani, Patrick Ianni and Jhon Kennedy Hurtado…) “We don’t really know. Zakuani has an oblique muscle [injury]. Patrick Ianni has a calf that he injured the day before the game. Obviously Eddie Johnson will be back next game, Johansson will be back for Dallas. Kennedy was fitted with a mask that he felt comfortable with before the game. He only worked out with that a little bit before the game and I didn’t feel comfortable for him to try and play 60-70 minutes with that mask, that’s why we didn’t sub him on. He’s going to train with that over the next couple of training sessions and if he’s comfortable, he feels good about it, he feels safe while wearing it, so that might allow him to come back in.”

(On adjusting after the red card…) “We made the sub before halftime to bring [Michael] Seamon on because we thought it was better to get the back four organized the way we had to. It was unfortunate for Ochoa that he had to lose minutes in a game because of that. You try and make sure you get to halftime, we talked about it how we were going to try and counter in the second half.”

(On Michael Seamon playing right back…) “We thought he played enough games at right back that it was worthwhile to put him in there because he’s got enough experience. We pondered for a second do we bring in [Jhon Kennedy Hurtado] and slide [Brad] Evans back out and move Seamon to midfield. That was something we thought about towards the end of the game, but again we decided with Jhon, because he hadn’t trained since he had the facial fracture, so we decided that wasn’t the optimum thing at this point.”

Midfielder Brad Evans
(On general game impressions…)
“I think the only other time we went down a man this year is when we got crushed in Montreal so maybe thoughts of that lingered in our heads a little bit. We’re coming in on playoff time so I think everyone knows, especially coming off of a week and a half long break everybody should be fresh, everybody should be ready to play 90-plus regardless of what happens. Whether you’re playing 11-11 or 10-11, It’s just great determination by the guys tonight. I thought there was good thinking and good communication between midfielders. Just letting them kind of build the ball and picking and choosing the right times to go. Everyone was on the same page. Looking back on it now, it’s going to help us going forward. Results like this, we’ll remember these going forward so I thought it was good.”

(On the injuries and absences of guys and what they were able to do despite all of those things…) “We played I think 29 different lineups so it’s nothing new for us. I think it’ll be different if we had played 28 games with the same guys then all of sudden somebody is put in the mix and you’re not use to playing with them. But everybody is used to playing with each other in different roles and different positions. At practice we play the game, 5-on-5 and teams are totally random, so you can end up with five defenders ad five attacking players. So you just have to figure it out and play that role. When everybody knows their role it makes things easy, especially when you’re playing out of position and understand that role, it’s only going to benefit us. Those are the types of guys that the coaching stuff and front office brought in. Smart players who can play multiple positions. It doesn’t do us any use if we just have three centerbacks and that’s it. When you have guys who can play multiple positions, it helps us out.”

(On the three straight shutouts and how important it is to keep that streak going…) “It’s great; especially tonight I thought it was a big one. It’s something that is going to become important, especially if we end up tied with Salt Lake, the shutouts are going to come in handy. We have to play to zero, and we got a couple of chances tonight playing a man down even saying that, so that’s something positive as well. We can still be better I think at certain times holding the ball in their half and not pressing so fast. Three shutouts going into the playoffs, we still have two games left and we have to get results because teams are still close so we have to focus on Sunday now.”

Goalkeeper Michael Gspurning
(On getting three straight shutouts…)
“We had a great team effort today. Three shutouts aren’t coming from nothing so we know that we have great organization, but now everybody is waiting for the playoffs. We have another two games before the playoffs and we all know that one game in the playoffs can be very tough, so we know we have to keep working. It showed great character of the team today and we’re very proud of the team.”

(On him having a lot of different combinations and defenders in front of him…) “Yeah we had a couple of injuries and all of the guys who were playing like Jeff [Parke] who as a couple of stitches in his head. We shouldn’t forget about this and it shows how good are squad is from the number 12 to 25. Everyone can be helpful if we go into the playoffs so that’s something we can build on it.”

(On the tough shots he faced during stoppage time and how important it was to get those stops…) “Not just the defense, the whole organization of the team was good. Salt Lake really didn’t know what to do for a long period of time. I’m happy that I was there in the situation to make that stop.”

Defender Michael Seamon
(On this being his first opportunity to get in the game in difficult situations and what were his instructions going into the game…)
“They just said keep it tight. In the reserve games I like to go forward and get some crosses in and they said don’t really do that, just sit back. If I could rush them a little bit, but stay behind the ball. A couple of times I did that and it worked out pretty well. I did get up the field a couple of times. But mostly they wanted me to keep it tight. We were playing to zero and hoping that we could sneak one in.”

(On this being his first experience of the year and the pressure of that…) “For some reason I had a feeling today would be the day. When I walked in the locker room, the way people were saying high to me, everything was different and I actually stopped and was wondering why people were talking to me like that. It was just completely different, and it did happen to be a different day because I got in the game.”

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